Aklan solon pushes for Boracay Island Council creation
A congressional representative of Aklan province is pushing for the creation of a council that will manage world-famous Boracay Island in Malay town.
“The Boracay Island Council shall take over the management, development, regulation, protection, and maintenance of Boracay Island,” said Aklan 2nd District Rep. Teodorico Haresco Jr. in House Bill No. 4175.Haresco’s bill, which is now under the Lower House’s Committee on Natural Resources, is a move that aims to institutionalize Boracay’s massive rehabilitation program, which the administration of President Duterte initiated last year when the resort island was closed off to tourists for a six-month period.
Haresco’s bill proposes that the Boracay Island Council will establish both “short-term and long-term strategies for sustainable development, environment protection, social development, and infrastructure development.”The council also aims to establish management strategies for Boracay’s land use and zoning plans; habitat conservation and rehabilitation; marine and fisheries protection; curbing air and water pollution; socio-economic researches; among others.
The Boracay Island Council will be under the Office of the President. It shall be composed of Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Justice (DOJ) secretaries, as well as directors of other line agencies.
Meanwhile, Senator Franklin Drilon also has a separate bill in the Senate for the creation of the Boracay Development Authority. Read more: Manila Bulletin News »
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